In the battle of the saints, the Martins emerged victorious in the first round of the Wexford Senior hurling championship.
St Martins, last year’s runners-up, laid down a first-round marker, with a mammoth win over the Annes. St Annes were defeated on a scoreline of 8-22 to 0-12, as the Martins dominated throughout.
St Annes were without their two injured county stars, Liam Óg McGovern and Dee O’Keeffe, who are pivotal to their club-team. Their loss was felt, but it should not undermine the Martins’ victory, who were the pick of all the sides from the first-round of games.
In other news, county champions Naomh Eanna defeated Rathnure by the minimum, in a victory that was the club’s first ever against Rathnure. Final score 1-15-0-17.
Similarly, Oylegate-Glenbrien emerged victorious against Oulart-The Ballagh, who are now managed by Liam Dunne, with a 2-19 to 2-18 win. Oulart-The Ballagh were not helped in the final quarter of the game after Wexford stalwart Rory Jacob was sent to the sidelines, as the Ballagh were reduced to fourteen men.
On Saturday, a last gasp point by John Tubritt helped steer newly promoted Fethard to a draw against a Faythe Harriers, who will be disappointed with the result, finishing with a tally of nineteen wides. Final score 0-12 – 0-12.
Enniscorthy’s Rapparees were too good for Ferns St-Aidans, dominating proceedings with a 1-18 to 1-11 victory.
Glynn-Barntown and Shelmaliers played out a draw in Taghmon on Saturday evening. Originally, to some confusion, the ref awarded Glynn-Barntown with a win – but changed his mind after a few ‘quiet words’ from the Shelmaliers contingent. Final score 1-11 to 0-14.